The Week In Weed, July 21, 2018: NJ Doubles Dispensaries; Okla.. Official Overrules Medicinal Restrictions

The Week In Weed, July 21, 2018: NJ Doubles Dispensaries; Okla..

Official Overrules Medicinal Restrictions

The governor of New Jersey requested the number of dispensaries be doubled from six to 12. Oklahoma’s attorney general determined that the state Board of Health exceeded its jurisdiction . And since the week of Saturday, July 21, 2018, comes to a close, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee declared she supports the legalization of medicinal cannabis.

Doubling down: New Jersey Seeks Twice the Amount of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s government announced Monday, July 16, 2018, it is seeking to double the number of dispensaries caring medicinal cannabis products, from six to 12 to provide the 25,000 patients and 1,000 caregivers participating in the state’s medical marijuana program. Murphy campaigned on legalizing marijuana for residents of the Garden State.

For Murphy, the dispensary growth was a matter of demand and supply.

“We anticipate the opening of six new dispensaries so we can make certain that all qualifying patients who want access to medicinal marijuana can have it,” said Murphy in a media release. “Because of the steps that Commissioner Elnahal and I have taken since January, we have seen the addition of 10,000 new patients. Accordingly, we must expand the number of businesses that are growing product and functioning patients.

Buzzkill: Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Program Under Scrutiny

Oklahoma voters who cast ballots for accessible medical cannabis have been on a political roller coaster ride over the emergency rules passed by the board of health on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.   Despite almost 57 percent of the voters casting their ballot in favor the medicinal cannabis step Question 788, the Board of Health voted to limit the sale of smokable marijuana and mandate that all dispensaries have a pharmacist on employees 40 hours each week.

Attorney General Mike Hunter mentioned on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, that the board didn’t have the ability to prohibit the earnings of smokable, vapable, or raw marijuana products, or mandate that dispensaries employ pharmacists.

The attorney general’s press release outlined several other concerns, such as:

  • Restricting dispensaries to limited locations;
  • Prohibiting dispensaries from co-locating with other companies;
  • Requiring medical marijuana be grown, processed and dispersed in enclosed structures;
  • Requiring a surety bond for licensing;
  • Setting hours of operation;
  • Limiting the amount of THC in flower, leaf or focus for distribution or sale.

“The current rules contain provisions which are inconsistent with the plain language of State Question 788 and the State Board of Health acted outside of its authority as it voted to execute them,” stated Hunter in the press release.

KTEN-TV reported that a bipartisan group of Oklahoma legislators are to hold a series of public meetings on the subject starting the week of July 23, 2018.

Things just got interesting for Republican candidates vying to become the next governor of Tennessee. Since Gov. Bill Haslam prepares for life after office, say House Speaker Beth Harwell held an intriguing press conference on Friday, July 20, 2018 in which she supported the legalization of medical marijuana. “Too many Tennesseans are suffering in pain with dangerous opioids as their only option,” Harwell said. “This includes children suffering from seizures, cancer patients, our veterans and the elderly.

Harwell’s support for medicinal cannabis offers Republican voters a real choice on the Aug. 2, 2018, primary ballot. The GOP’s gubernatorial primary race includes Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd, businessman Bill Lee and US Rep. Diane Black.

After mentioning President Donald Trump’s effort position leaving the decision to legalize medical marijuana up to the nations, Harwell continued, “We are not talking about recreational use of cannabis, nor are we talking about smoking marijuana. What I’m advocating are the use of oils and additives that been proven to provide tangible medical benefits. ”

Released at Sat, 21 Jul 2018 16:00:10 +0000

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